The covenant service, often celebrated on the first Sunday of the year, is at the heart of Methodists’ devotion and discipleship, and their dedication in working for social justice. In the service the Church joyfully celebrates God’s gracious offer to Israel that “I will be their God and they shall be my people”.
All are welcome to share in a Covenant Service. You are welcome, whether you are sharing in a Covenant Service for the first time, have done it annually for many years, or simply want to watch what others do without taking part yourself.
The service is a gift not a demand! And God will give you the grace to do it all. You are not alone!
The Methodist Covenant Prayer
I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. So be it. And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.’
We are all part of a jigsaw puzzle. There’s no picture on the box that we can see, in fact there isn’t even a box. God doesn’t fit into a box. We have to find where we fit into the picture.
We are made in all different colours and shapes. Our task is to seek out whose hands we need to hold to create links between us. There will be people we don’t connect with but someone else will, and so connecting the whole, completing the picture.
God calls each of us to find our place in his jigsaw.
Rev Gordon closed our recent service with words from Romans chapter 8.
‘… we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
The Good News this Advent is that God came to walk alongside us in the person of Jesus Christ. This special service on Thursday 5th December was made up of scripture, reflection, prayer & worship, concentrating on some of the challenging issues facing our world and ourselves, often highlighted at Christmas. Brian and Vera introduced each section, gave personal testimonies and led us in prayer, while Cliff connected the whole with an audio visual presentation and live music.